How do you prefer to learn more about library trusteeship? Whether it is by participating in online webinars, attending live workshops, reading printed text, or networking with other trustees, the BCLTA strives to provide the opportunities you are looking for.
This may take the form of our flagship course, the Trustee Orientation Program, recommendations for online learning from credible partner organizations, resources available free of charge on our website, the support of BCLTA staff and board members to answer and research your board's specific inquiries, as well as conference sessions and networking opportunities, to name just a few.
Whether you are a new appointee to your board or an eight-year veteran, this month we highlight some of the many ways you may be interested in growing your knowledge as a public library trustee.
The Trustee Orientation Program was completely redeveloped in 2014, thanks in part to a grant from the Libraries Branch. This year, the new course was delivered to 88 participants in eight communities around the province, and the feedback has been very gratifying.
We are making final edits to the course content based on this feedback; the final version will be available early in 2015.
In the meantime, the "Beta" version of the new course is now available as a downloadable pdf on our website (www.bclta.ca). Just click on the Members tab at the top of the website, enter your library's password, and you will see the document on the main page.
CLA Trustee Network
On Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 1 pm Eastern /10 am Pacific, the CLA Trustee Network will host a meeting via teleconference for Canadian public library trustees interested in sharing and learning about fundraising for libraries. Please contact Network moderator Carol Rigby at email@example.com for details and to register for the teleconference.
The CLA Trustee Network is open to both CLA members and non-members. It provides an area of focus and opportunities to network with other public library trustees across Canada. There is no cost to join; simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reminder that BCLTA has licensed The Governance Series -- a set of six of publications on the basics of board governance -- from BoardSource, an international organization dedicated to strengthening not-for-profit boards. These booklets are available to BCLTA members free of charge, and will help library trustees, library directors, and senior staff understand the fundamental elements of service common to most boards.
To access the publications, click on the Members tab at the top of our website (www.bclta.ca) and then the BoardSource link on the left.
BCLTA members are also eligible for a reduced rate on individual membership with BoardSource, which allows access to hundreds of free and reduced-rate publications as well as the webinars we feature in this e-newsletter.
How to receive the BoardSource membership discount »